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The Y Factor


Should librarians have faculty status? Why? The answer to the first question, as given by librarians, is normally "Yes." It is time to examine the second question-the Y factor. There are a number of reasons that librarians seek faculty status. Those who teach-or give library instruction consider their functions similar to those that faculty perform. This argument applies especially to classroom situations where librarians teach information literacy, which in the old days was called bibliographic instruction. Reference librarians, however, also believe they teach when they help students discover information. Therefore, should not all campus personnel who teach students- including librarians-be considered faculty? There is logic to this line of reasoning.